July 18, 2018

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  • JUVENILES SENTENCED TO LIFE GET A SECOND CHANCE

      In 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court found laws mandating juveniles be sentenced to life in prison without parole are cruel and unusual punishment.  The ruling appears to be in conflict with Florida law and judges are caught in the middle said J.D. Moorehead, a professor at Florida Coastal School of Law. Florida law requires…

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  • THOUSANDS OF EX-FELONS CAN VOTE

    GOT A FELONY?  LIVE IN FLORIDA?    YOU MAY BE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE!     By Michael Peltier The News Service of Florida August 1, 2012 More than 13,000 ex-felons may be eligible to vote but don't know it according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida, citing data it obtained from the Florida Parole…

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  • NEWEST MEMBER OF THE FLORIDA PAROLE COMMISSION

    (Story distributed by The Associated Press) June 26, 2012 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services hearing officer is Florida's newest parole commissioner. Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet appointed Melinda Nisi Coonrod to the three-member Parole Commission on Tuesday. Coonrood's appointment is effective from July 1, 2012 to June 30,…

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  • THE DEATH OF MANDATORY LIFE SENTENCES FOR YOUNG MURDERERS

    Published: Monday, June 25, 2012, 10:20 AM    By Contributing writer, The Times-Picayune Life-without-parole sentences for juveniles are unconstitutional, according to a 5-4 opinion Monday morning from the U.S. Supreme Court that involved a 14-year-old convicted of murder in Alabama. Evan Miller was convicted of arson and murder in Lawrence County, but his life without…

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  • ZIMMERMAN'S BACK

    By Matt Pierce, Los Angeles Times, June 4, 2012 George Zimmerman returns to jail in Trayvon Martin shooting case. He surrenders two days after a Florida judge found he had misled the court about his finances when a low bail was set. George Zimmerman, right, charged in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin,…

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  • ZIMMERMAN’S BACK

    By Matt Pierce, Los Angeles Times, June 4, 2012 George Zimmerman returns to jail in Trayvon Martin shooting case. He surrenders two days after a Florida judge found he had misled the court about his finances when a low bail was set.  George Zimmerman, right, charged in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin,…

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  • JUDGE BLOCKS VOTER SUPPRESSION STRATEGIES

    May 31, 2012 Courtesy of Democratic Governors Association A federal judge blocked enforcement of key provisions of a restrictive voting law in Florida today, a breakthrough victory for Florida voters and voting rights advocates nationwide. The law, H.B. 1355, included onerous restrictions on community-based voter registration drives, forcing the League of Women Voters of Florida and…

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  • "STAND YOUR GROUND" INCONSISTENCIES

    COURTESY OF PROJECT R.E.A.C.H. INC Several months after the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, a task force held its first meeting to examine the controversial "Stand Your Ground" law that has been at the center of the uproar surrounding the Florida teen's death.

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  • "STAND YOUR GROUND" INCONSISTENCIES

    COURTESY OF PROJECT R.E.A.C.H. INC Several months after the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, a task force held its first meeting to examine the controversial "Stand Your Ground" law that has been at the center of the uproar surrounding the Florida teen's death.

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  • “STAND YOUR GROUND” INCONSISTENCIES

    COURTESY OF PROJECT R.E.A.C.H. INC Several months after the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida, a task force held its first meeting to examine the controversial "Stand Your Ground" law that has been at the center of the uproar surrounding the Florida teen's death.

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